<<How tricky is tricky? I'm interested in those edges, but have found few people who know about them. >>
Jill, I've not grown Genteel so I'm not a 100% sure I know what you are referencing. A clear edge can be mistaken by some judges as weathering of a bloom. I've seen judges dismiss a bloom due to this type of edge when I knew it had just opened. (I've clerked a lot)
Then, if you're talking about a shiny glittery edge, it can often be effected by weather and soil. Some of these things don't show up in all conditions. Even the gilt edge . . . gold or yellowed or with a brown line . . . can look so different from area to area.
In all honesty, I'm not an expert in breeding them. I've worked with Next Millennium and found I lost the edge in the first generation because I didn't breed to one like it. Since my goal is rebloom rather than gilt edges, I've not found the opportunity to work on it further. I don't have a collection of such irises.
Would be nice to hear from people that have chased the edge. Anyone?
From: Jill Gibson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: iris-photos <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon, May 16, 2011 1:14 pm
Subject: [iris-photos] Genteel - Crystalline Edges
Betty you said:
<<"I not noticed crystalline edges. I've carried a lot of the blooms around <<(while polinating) and doubt I would have overlooked them, so I'd say <<not. At least, not in my soil. I've been more interested in going for the <<ornage/red beards I know are in it's background. Those edges can be <<tricky."
How tricky is tricky? I'm interested in those edges, but have found few people who know about them. Write privately or answer here so all can hear, but I'd really love to know more. I've found 3 or 4 varieties and plan to cross them back and forth until I have a stable edge, but would love some pointers if anyone has experience with them. Thanks.